AMERICAN CANYON, CA-City officials are considering a developer’s draft  plan for a massive 304-acre multi-use project would add 1,541 homes, and a defined downtown to the southern Napa County town.

Developer McGrath Properties of Oakland and the Jaeger family, partnering as American Canyon 1, LLC, have submitted a preliminary draft of the Watson Ranch Specific Plan, also referred to as the Town Center project. This according to a local media report citing public officials.

The plan calls for a mix of housing types, including single-family homes, townhomes and apartments; an elementary school; 36 acres of public parks and open space; commercial uses and a 200 room hotel.

The development would run behind the Walmart Supercenter site and include the ruins of the former Portland Cement plant. The ruins are envisioned as a gathering place, and could include a farmer’s market, winery, restaurants and an outdoor entertainment venue as well as the hotel.

“This proposal, which has been anticipated by the residents of American Canyon for many years, will have a substantial impact on our community by providing desirable community amenities (outdoor spaces, trails, elementary school, entertainment venues, commercial opportunities) and increasing the number of housing units in American Canyon by approximately one-fourth,” a news release from the city said.

A town center has been discussed in American Canyon since the city’s incorporation in 1992 and has been the subject of several studies and community workshops.

The complete initial draft of the Watson Ranch Specific Plan may be accessed on the city’s city’s website.

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